Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control Dies in Congress

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Plan to Privatize Air Traffic Control Dies in Congress

It is no secret to anyone in the aviation industry that the current air traffic control system administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is outdated and bureaucratic. In recent months, Congress considered a bill to remove the air traffic control system from the FAA and privatize it. The measure never made it out of Congress. General aviation was opposed to this change while air carriers favored it.

Critics of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization point out that unlike the air traffic control systems in most other developed countries, America’s air traffic control system remains:

·         Part of the aviation regulatory agency

·         Funded by taxes through uncertain annual appropriations rather than service charges paid by aircraft operators or more reliable capital financing methods

·         Subject to a bureaucracy that has historically failed to develop and implement technology and other innovations

·         Micromanaged by the federal government

Advocates against privatization were concerned about user fees and limitations that would restrict access by general aviation, including both Part 91 and Part 135 operations.

While the current air traffic control system is effective, in that it has a positive safety record, its costs in terms of both time and money are enormous. Air traffic controllers are faced with inefficient, outdated equipment and technology. Consequently, flights take far longer than necessary. Technology exists that would allow air traffic controllers to handle twice as many flights as they currently do in the same or even less airspace. Nonetheless, the FAA’s dependence on the federal government and uncertain funding from year to year makes the use of new technology to increase efficiency something of a dream.

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